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Friday, May 14, 2010

Cambodia : 2 Cambodians die of diarrhea as it outbreak in Kampong Cham district

Via Xinhua :

" An outbreak of diarrhoea has spread quickly trough villages in a Kampong Cham district, killing two people and leaving more than 100 others sick, local media reported on Thursday.

Yin Vibol, deputy director of the Chamkar Leu district referral hospital, said that more than 100 people in the area were hospitalized Tuesday and Wednesday, overloading the facility and forcing officials to keep some of the ill sleeping outdoors under trees.

"It has taken only two days for the disease to spread in four villages," Yin Vibol was quoted by the Phnom Penh Post as saying, adding "this is the first time the villagers have faced such a serious outbreak."

The Kampong Cham fatalities included a 13-year-old boy and a 70-year-old man, both of whom died on Tuesday, he said.

Health Minister Mam Bunheng, who toured the stricken areas in Kampong Cham Wednesday, said health officials were ready to help."

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